Imagery Im"age*ry ([i^]m"[asl]j*r[y^]; 277), n. [OE. imagerie, F. imagerie.] 1. The work of one who makes images or visible representation of objects; imitation work; images in general, or in mass. ``Painted imagery.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

In those oratories might you see Rich carvings, portraitures, and imagery. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Unreal show; imitation; appearance. [1913 Webster]

What can thy imagery of sorrow mean? --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. The work of the imagination or fancy; false ideas; imaginary phantasms. [1913 Webster]

The imagery of a melancholic fancy. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

4. Rhetorical decoration in writing or speaking; vivid descriptions presenting or suggesting images of sensible objects; figures in discourse. [1913 Webster]

I wish there may be in this poem any instance of good imagery. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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